State Attorney Angela Corey's office says she's done talking about Trayvon Martin case
Submitted by Adam Kealoha Causey on March 29, 2012 - 8:05pm
State Attorney Angela Corey's office announced today it will no longer be talking publicly about its work on the Trayvon Martin case.
The press release followed a recent story in The Miami Herald that quotes Corey saying she likely won't need a grand jury to help her decide whether to charge George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who killed Martin in February.
Herald reporters paint Corey as a hard-nosed prosecutor. Gov. Rick Scott put Corey on the case last week.
Zimmeran, 28, said he was defending himself when he shot Martin, 17. The teen's killing has become a rallying cry that's shown in marches throughout the United States. Many have questioned Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which justifies deadly force when the those who use it fear for their own life.
Corey's press release said her office will email media outlets any information the public needs to know.
"We appreciate both your interest in the case and the public’s desire to know more details," the release says. "However, in order to protect the integrity of the case, there will be no further comment at this time."
Active criminal investigations are exempt from Florida open records law.
"For the sake of all involved," the release says, "please allow us to do our job within the bounds of Florida law."
Conversation about Martin's killing also has taken on questions about race. Jacksonville NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin expressed concern about what he said was Corey's tendency to charge black teens as adults in a Times-Union story by Topher Sanders.
Another rally in Martin's memory is planned for Saturday in Sanford, where the shooting happened. Return to jacksonville.com for live coverage.